JERUSALEM — A fire broke out today at the King David Hotel, sending hundreds of guests, including a U.S. congressman dressed only in two bath towels, fleeing into the street.
The blaze, which started in a computer room, blackened three accounting offices on the second floor and filled the hotel's lobby with thick smoke. Police said there were no injuries.
Rep. James H. Scheuer (D-N.Y.) was taking a shower when the fire began and had no time to dress. Minutes later he spoke to reporters in the lobby, draped in the towels.
The 66-year-old congressman said he arrived at the hotel two hours before the fire began. His room was on the third floor just above the blaze. "I smelled some smoke and just grabbed a couple of towels and ran to the elevator," he said.